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Cloud Computing Development in Australia: Market Developments, and a special focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

ACCA Discussion Forum
Date/Time: 5 Dec 2014, Friday, 9am-12nn
Venue: Gilbert + Tobin Office, Level 37, 2 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000, AUSTRALIA
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About the Forum

Australia did well in 2014’s Cloud Readiness Index (CRI), moving up four places to the third-most cloud ready market in Asia Pacific. Favourable government policies which discuss, clarify, and support the adoption of information technologies – such as a “cloud first” public sector policy – have created positive conditions for cloud uptake. What are some observed trends of cloud uptake in Australia, and the next phase of growth? And what are the conditions which will continue to develop a positive prospectus for cloud computing adoption in Australia?

In the midst of an upbeat outlook for technology uptake, a repeated mantra has been that the SME sector will power Asia Pacific’s next phase of growth. With SMEs making up the majority of businesses in Australia, cloud technology is supposed to revolutionise the way that SMEs work, and provide unparalleled efficiencies – a game-changer for the SME sector. Yet very little is known about what the SME market looks like. How do enterprises and CIOs work to develop products that address the needs of the small business entrepreneur?

You’re invited to join the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) in discussion as we share the results of our research on the SME market across 14 Asia Pacific countries, and explore perspectives on these questions with our partners on Friday 5 Dec 2014 in Sydney, Australia. You must register to attend this event, but registration for this event is completely free, and available online at

Programme (draft)

Cloud Computing Development in Australia: Market Developments, and a special focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Date/Time: 5 Dec 2014, Friday, 9am-12nn
Venue: TBC in Sydney, Australia

0900-0915 Opening Remarks by Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the Asia Cloud Computing Association
0915-0930 Welcome Address by (TBC)
0930-1030 Panel 1: Australia’s Cloud Computing Market: Development and Prospects
  • Government cloud review (tbc)
  • The Development of Cloud Networks in Australia, Jim Clarke, Director for Marketing, Products & Pricing – International, Global Enterprise & Services division
  • Prospects for Cloud in Australia, Rohan Cook, Senior Director, Service Providers and Cloud Business AsiaPac/Japan/China/India/Korea/ANZ, and Treasurer of the Asia Cloud Computing Association
  • Moderated by Bernadette Jew, Partner,  Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers 
1030-1045 Tea and Networking
1045-1145 Panel 2: Understanding and Unlocking SME Potential with Cloud Computing
  • ACCA’s SME and Cloud Computing Report, Lim May-Ann, Executive Director of the ACCA
  • Speaking as an SME… Australian SME Representative, TBC
  • SMEs vs Enterprise Clients: What’s the Difference? TBC
  • Perspectives on Australia’s SME market, TBC
  • Moderated by John Galligan, Regional Director, Government Relations, Microsoft, and the Chairman of the Cloud Segments Working Group, Asia Cloud Computing Association
1145-1200 Closing Remarks by Lim May-Ann, Executive Director, ACCA

Host and Venue Sponsor: Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

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